Laura & Feargal’s wedding was a classy affair from start to finish and I truly loved how every single detail was thought of. From her ‘something blue’ Carrie Bradshaw inspired Manolo Blahniks, to her ‘something old’ in the form of her brooch bouquet, nothing was left unturned. Today, Laura gives us an insight into her wedding planning experience as well words of encouragement for all you brides and grooms-to-be.
Laura, how did you meet your husband? Tell us about your proposal.
We met over the summer holidays when we were at school through mutual friends. Feargal had just completed his GCSEs and we met at a BBQ. He proposed after our summer holiday in Mexico in 2015. We stopped off in New York to shop on our last night and he proposed in Central Park.
When and where did you get married?
We were married on the 30th April 2016 in a ceremony at St Michael’s The Archangel, followed by a reception at The Carriage Rooms at Montalto, Ballynahinch.
What did you love most about planning your wedding?
That everything we wanted fell into place. It was planned in 8 months and yet everything we hoped for was possible. We had a lot of help from friends and family and most things were custom made so there was no stress.
Describe your dress. How did you find ‘the one’?
I looked in two shops but neither offered what I wanted. I searched the internet and the designs I liked best were from a number of Israeli designers. I wanted a modern, vintage feel, and so I decided to have my dress made. I was delighted with the end result. The dress was made from lace and lots of tulle. It was backless, body-hugging and very comfortable.
Who were your bridesmaids?
My sister was my bridesmaid and my niece was our flower girl. My mum made both of their dresses. They were designed similar to mine but with a twist to make them different.
Tell us about your bouquet
My bouquet was a dolly mixture of bling! I love jewellery and as I have never thrown any out, I have hundreds of pieces. I gathered a box of earrings, brooches and necklaces, which included lots of personal items and some pieces that were given to me by my family and Feargal’s. My cousin then put the tear drop bouquet together with a strong blue theme to match my shoes.
What did you love most about your wedding venue?
The venue was magnificent. It had a country feel with an elegant, modern, high standard finish. As the day went on, the different rooms were as impressive as the one before and we loved the fact it was a private event. The grounds and scenery were beautiful and the catering company’s tailored menu was delicious and quirky. Everyone spoke about the egg shell desserts!
Did everything go exactly to plan?
Thankfully, yes! It could not have gone more perfectly.
What advice would you offer other brides?
No matter what happens, you will have an amazing day so try not to stress about it.
Finally, what led to you choosing Catherine as your wedding photographer?
We met Catherine at a wedding fair where we went to book our car. As we walked through the event, everyone was giving us the hard sell. As we passed Catherine her albums caught my eye so we stopped to look. She wasn’t pushy or full on and seemed confident her work would do the selling. Her relaxed manner was exactly what we wanted. She gave us her details and continued to munch on a bar of chocolate. I contacted her the following day to book her.